Rahm calls Obama “Presumtpive Nominee”

Although he temered it later through a spokesperson, I think the sentiment  still holds, and sends a pretty clear statement of the conventional wisdom inside the party.

One of the most influential (and thus far subdued) voices in the Democratic primary all but declared the contest over on Friday morning.

“At this point, Barack is the presumptive nominee,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel during the New Yorker’s magazine conference. “Hillary can’t win but something could happen that Barack could lose the nomination.”

Emanuel wouldn’t go so far as to say that Clinton should drop out. “Next question!” he declared when asked. But his voice does carry political sway. The congressman has been staunchly non-committal throughout the primary process. And his ties to the Clinton administration and connections to fellow Chicago pol Obama make him one of the key figures who could help facilitate an end to the nomination battle.

Between chairing the DCCC in 2006 and having this year’s high profile primary come down to Obama and Clinton, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who has increased their political stock much more than Rahm has in the last 2 years.